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The Movie: A Night at the Roxbury
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video and Hulu
The Pitch: Despite being well into adulthood, brothers Doug (Chris Kattan) and Steve Butabi (Will Ferrell) still live at home and work in the flower shop owned by their dad (Dan Hedaya). They exist only to hit on women at discos, though they’re routinely unsuccessful until a chance run-in with Richard Grieco (Richard Grieco) gets them inside the swank Roxbury club. Mistaken for high rollers, they meet their dream women, and resolve to open a club of their own.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches are rather difficult to pull off simply because it’s hard to expand a premise for a sketch that lasts only a few minutes into a full-fledged feature film. One of the less commendable attempts is undoubtedly A Night at the Roxbury starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the club-hopping, head-nodding losers who are always trying to dance with hot ladies with zero success. There’s no way that I can call this movie essential viewing, but I can tell you that I shamelessly love this stupid comedy thanks to the dimwitted antics of Ferrell and Kattan, who make for a hilarious pair of brothers whose arrested development results in some immature but entertaining gags. Read More »
If you’re a loyal viewer of Saturday Night Live like yours truly, then you already know the charming original holiday tune “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” which Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan performed for the first time back in December 2000. The song became a favorite among SNL fans, so much that it’s been performed over half a dozen times on the show since then, and even recording artist Julian Casablacans did his own cover of the song. Well, it’s back again, but not on SNL.
Instead, Jimmy Fallon got the band back together for a Saturday Night Live holiday reunion on The Tonight Show, and he included Ariana Grande just for good measure. And don’t worry, because her presence doesn’t ruin the purity of this modern Christmas classic. You’ll see what I mean below.
Check out the new version of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” below. Read More »
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Rooney Mara made a significant impression in The Social Network, thanks in large part to the way she held her own against Jesse Eisenberg in the film’s long opening scene. Now she’s working again for David Fincher in one of the two starring roles in his version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So there’s a good chance she’s going to be huge.
But after Dragon Tattoo is done it looks like she’ll take a moment to be in a smaller film. The actress has been cast in Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, from her Tanner Hall co-director Francesca Gregorini. Read More »
I can imagine that someone went around Hollywood pitching this movie as “Home Alone meets Blank Check, but in a mall.” And it’s just that. Christmas in Wonderland is about three kids who just moved to to Edmonton with their Dad. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall they find counterfeit cash. They inadvertently help catch the crooks, and later make a discovery about Santa. The film stars Patrick Swayze, Carmen Electra, and Chris Kattan. James Orr isn’t a good director by any stretch of the imagination, but Mr. Destiny is one of my all time guilty pleasures (again, I agree – isn’t a good movie).
Does anyone know if the mall in the trailer actually exists? Is it in Edmonton? Because it sure looks like a lot of fun (the mall, not the movie). I’m surprised to see Yari Film Group are the ones releasing this film, as they are usually responsible for smarter niche films. Check out the trailer after the jump thanks to moviefone.
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